Common septic tank and drain field problems & solutions

Because of our location, Hampton Roads has countless septic tanks used by homes and businesses. And if you own one, you know they are not self-sustaining.

Our plumbers in Virginia Beach and throughout Hampton Roads work daily on septic tanks, whether its preventative maintenance or fixing a problem.

Professional plumbing advice is recommended when you have septic tank problems. If you don’t know what you’re doing, a failed septic tank can be a dangerous place. Many home and business owners have been overcome by methane gases when dealing with a septic tank problem on their own.

Our plumbers in Virginia Beach and throughout Hampton Roads have decades of experience in diagnosing septic tank problems, and should be the first person you call when you have a failed septic tank or a failed septic system drain field.

Following is a list of common problems with septic tank or septic drain field:
• Septic tank pump alarms or above ground septic wet spots
• Septic tank smells inside home or building from septic vent pipe
• Gurgling bubbles sound when flushing your toilets
• Slow running drains
• Actual septic sewage backups from toilets or other plumbing inside the building or home
• Septic tank gas smell above your septic tank cover, septic tank lid or septic risers
• Sludge build up from not pumping septic tank on a regular schedule
• Broken drain lines or broken septic tank baffles
• Tree roots getting into cracks in the tank or around septic tank cover
• Septic filter clogging from not having it properly cleaned on a regular basis
• Inadequate septic tank bacteria & septic enzyme populations
• Grease capping from too much grease entering the septic system
• Broken drain field piping or compacted soil
• Old septic tank designs and improper location of the drain field

Our plumbers in Virginia Beach and throughout Hampton Roads suggest the following solutions to these common septic tank problems:

Problem: Sludge build up from not following proper septic tank pumping procedures.
Solution: Follow proper septic maintenance by watching what you put in, having high levels of biological activity present, and getting it cleaned on a regular schedule. To know what maintenance you should be doing, make sure to keep a copy of your septic system layout in your important papers file. If you don’t have one call your septic tank installer, builder, or county where your septic tank permit is filed and ask for a copy of the septic tank diagram.

Solution: To solve your sludge buildup problem, we recommend you use a professional plumbing company like ours which will clean your tank and apply our septic tank treatment products to help keep your septic free from sludge overloading. We can also treat your septic drain field because if solids did escape your tank and they are now building up in your drain field. If you do not treat the drain field you will have a drain field problem in the near future.

 

Problem: Tree roots getting into cracks in the tank or around septic tank covers and septic tank risers.

Solution: Our plumbers in Virginia Beach and throughout Hampton Roads have seen tree roots do a lot of damage to septic systems and make them work slowly or stop working completely. Buying root killer at your local store will not resolve your root problems. If a root is cut it will grow back in a very short period of time, and it will come back with more vigor. And, treating roots in the septic tank is different than treating roots in the septic drain field. We encourage you to call us to attack this problem for you.

 

Problem: Septic filter clogging from not having it properly cleaned on a regular basis.

Solution: This is a common problem and can easily be corrected with very little effort and cost. One of the best septic products ever developed was septic tank outlet filters, because they help protect the drain field from getting overloaded with too many solids. New poly septic tanks, plastic septic tanks, and other modern septic tanks all come with septic tank filters.

Some septic filters can be cleaned by the septic owner themselves. Simply follow the manufacturer’s instructions on pulling the filter and then wash it with a garden hose. The filter could be clogged by paper, grease, or untreated solids. These are all signs of problems within the septic tank and you will need to take action to restore proper septic tank operation. While cleaning the filter, also examine it for any damage.

If you have septic tank, septic system, or septic drain field problems, please call our plumbing company at (757) 467-0000 or click here to email us.

 

More about our plumbers in Virginia Beach & Hampton Roads
Since 1987, A-1 Sewer & Drain Plumbing & Heating has consistently served the commercial and home plumbing needs of satisfied customers in Hampton Roads. With nearly 30 years of work to our credit, our plumbing company is extremely proud of its A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau. Our Class A Contractor plumbing company and its plumbers in Virginia Beach and throughout Hampton Roads have more than 260 years of combined plumbing and drain experience, which means we’ve seen it all – the good, the bad and the ugly – and will solve your plumbing problem with integrity and professionalism.

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